New Somali President escapes bomb attack on hotel

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The Independent Online

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the new Somali President, and the visiting Kenyan Foreign Minister escaped an apparent suicide bomb attack yesterday on a Mogadishu hotel where they were holding a news conference. At least eight people were killed.

Somalia's al-Shabaab rebels, who are part of al-Qa'ida, said they had carried out the attack. It came two days after Mr Mohamud was elected in the country's first presidential vote in decades.